Eastleigh, the Somali Neighborhood of Nairobi

Collection with 20 media items created by Transterra Editor

23 Nov 2012 09:00

Eastleigh was founded in 1921. The colonial government allocated Nairobi's residential estates by race, and Eastleigh was pointed for Asians and elite Africans who worked as clerks, builders or shoemakers. Eastleigh was originally a large Kenyan Asian enclave until independence in 1963. Now Eastleigh is almost entirely inhabited by Somalis, except for a few indigenous residents. Somalis have invested heavily in the enclave, contributing over $1.5 billion in the neighborhood alone.

Eastleigh has seen many changes during the last year: first improvement of the situation in Somalia has given the chance for some Somalis to move back to Mogadishu followed by several terrorist attacks in late 2012 and lately the attack on the Westgate mall.

The attack on Westgate Mall on 21 of September has changed the situation in Eastleigh:

Shafici Mohamed Deq, Eastleigh resident, said the the main issues is now going around the failure of the Kenyan security agencies and their involvement, the Somali community is not that much in focus, and have no much worries except the Kenyan police use it as took to take bribe from illegal immigrants in Eastleigh.

Kenya Africa East Africa Soccer Collection Photo Essay Nairobi Somalia Children Playing Flood Beating Ak47 Water Street Men Women Bicycle Bus

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soccer
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

Boy playing soccer in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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early morning
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

People going to work and school early in the morning in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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garbage on street
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Nov 2012

Garbage on street in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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people along main street
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

Main street in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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people walking by
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
21 Nov 2012

One of the main streets in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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man imitating shooting with an AK 47
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Nov 2012

Man imitating shooting with an AK 47 in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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man walking through water
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Nov 2012

Man walking in the street after floods in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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man being hit
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
14 Nov 2012

Man beating another man in Eastliegh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalia part of Nairobi

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early morning
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

A side street in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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people going to work
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

Main street early morning with people on the way to work in Eastliegh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi

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people crossing street after floods
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

People crossin a flooded street in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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man walking through market
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Nov 2012

Man walking past an empty market in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya.

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bus going through water after floods
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
17 Nov 2012

Bus going through a flooded street in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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girl in bus
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Nov 2012

Girl in bus in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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school girl running
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Nov 2012

Girl running along road in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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women walking through market
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
16 Nov 2012

Women walking through the market an early morning in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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houses
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
15 Nov 2012

View of houses in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalia part of Nairobi.

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man bicycling through water
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Nov 2012

Man bicycling through a flooded street in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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man and woman walking by
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
16 Nov 2012

Man and women passing each other on side street in Eastliegh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.

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Woman talking on phone
Eastleigh, Kenya
By Ulrik Pedersen
29 Nov 2012

Women talking on phones passing by a mosque in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Somalian part of Nairobi.